Somali elections will be held by direct universal suffrage, starting in 2024 Mogadishu

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The Somali government and the states of the country announced today, Sunday, that the elections will be held starting from 2024 based on the principle of “one person, one vote” under a historic agreement that puts an end to an indirect and complex electoral system that raises controversy.

The voting system, which has not been applied in the country located in Horn of Africa since 1969, will be adopted in the local elections scheduled for June 30, 2024, before elections to choose members of parliaments and heads of regions on November 30, 2024.

According to the statement, the electoral system aims to “push towards a multi-party-political system, and this system must be independent, peaceful and free from corruption.”

With the exception of the breakaway region of Somaliland, no elections have been held in Somalia according to the principle of “one person, one vote” since 1969 and Siad Bari’s assumption of power.